The Very Reverend James F. Turrell, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean, Norma and Olan Mills Prof of Divinity, Professor of Liturgy

The first weekend of my undergraduate career, I wandered into the Episcopal chaplaincy’s Sunday eucharist. For the first time, I heard the gospel read and preached like it contained the word of God, and I saw the liturgy conducted as if it was the most important thing in the universe taking place in that particular moment. I was transfixed; my subsequent experiences in that faith community set the course of my life and my vocation. Today, I work with a wonderfully talented team of faculty and staff in our degree programs, all of whom have dedicated their lives to prepare our students to be effective clergy and lay leaders in the church of the 21st century, whose ministries will have the same kind of impact on others’ lives that the college chaplaincy had on me. And I work with a gifted team in the Beecken Center, who help form lay leaders to reflect on their faith and invite others into relationship with God through Christ. Sewanee is a place of transformation, equipping individuals to serve God and God’s people. Come and join us in this work.